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Old 04-04-2012, 03:45 PM
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A couple months ago I noticed a very small amount a coolant leaking from the water pump area. Since then there has been no more leaking and I've driven around 1500 - 2000 miles, plus a long weekend trip to Chicago (600 miles) with no leaking.

So here's my question....should I drive the truck from OH to CA without replacing the water pump (800 to 1000 miles a day for 3 to 4 days). Unfortunately, I have limited tools and area to replace it in OH, so I will have to pay a mechanic. Once I'm back in CA I can make the repair myself.

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I wouldn't. Depending on where the leak is (gasket or around the bearing), you could find yourself trying to fix it on the side of the road or a very expensive tow and repair. The water pump isn't that bad of a repair, find a parking lot (Walmart?), some basic tools (1/2" drive socket set, screwdrivers, knife, gasket scraper) and a few hours of time. Oh, and replace the hoses and serp belt while you are at it.
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A couple months ago I noticed a very small amount a coolant leaking from the water pump area. Since then there has been no more leaking and I've driven around 1500 - 2000 miles, plus a long weekend trip to Chicago (600 miles) with no leaking.

So here's my question....should I drive the truck from OH to CA without replacing the water pump (800 to 1000 miles a day for 3 to 4 days). Unfortunately, I have limited tools and area to replace it in OH, so I will have to pay a mechanic. Once I'm back in CA I can make the repair myself.

Thanks for your help!
I would replace the pump, I wouldn't want to risk having it break down on a trip, having car problems during a trip is the worst because it will cost you money and give you nothing but a damned headache.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:05 PM
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^^Thanks for the advice. Any ideas why the leak would have stopped?
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^^Thanks for the advice. Any ideas why the leak would have stopped?
It could have stopped from maybe some build up, I had a freeze plug that had holes in it but their was so much crap built up that it never leaked until I went to rebuild my transmission of course.

I would also say it could be the calm before the storm!
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It turns out its the water pump is fine. Unfortunately, the timing chain cover gasket has some seepage on the passenger side. Being that this repair is a little more involved, do you guys think I can hold off making the repair right now?

I've read that this a very common problem with the 5.9s, but I'm not sure whether these leaks ever get past the seeping stage.

Thanks in advance!

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It turns out its the water pump is fine. Unfortunately, the timing chain cover gasket has some seepage on the passenger side. Being that this repair is a little more involved, do you guys think I can hold off making the repair right now?

I've read that this a very common problem with the 5.9s, but I'm not sure whether these leaks ever get past the seeping stage.

Thanks in advance!
I would fix it right away because if coolant leaks into the timing chain cover then it would end up mixing with the oil and you will out up spending much more then 4 hours and 10 dollars for a timing chain cover gasket.
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If you want to be stress free, get it repaired now, replace the water pump at the same time, if it is over 5 years since it was last replaced


I am sort of adventurous i would carry a couple of gallon jugs of water with me
check your leak when you fill up each time with gas
check the radiator fluid level when ever the radiator is cool enough, like after a few hours of not driving

When i drove from Connecticut to San Diego
first day was from the start to Dayton Ohio
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3rd day i only drove 8 hours & i was west of Fort Worth
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It turns out its the water pump is fine. Unfortunately, the timing chain cover gasket has some seepage on the passenger side. Being that this repair is a little more involved, do you guys think I can hold off making the repair right now?

I've read that this a very common problem with the 5.9s, but I'm not sure whether these leaks ever get past the seeping stage.

Thanks in advance!
Im 40min east of Columbus OH,along I70...I have never done a timing chain cover gasket on these trucks(i see mine in my future though)..But i may be willing to lend a hand...Let me know,maybe we can get it worked out.I had a T type quick connect heater hose blow on my wife mini van..Only 40 min from home..I aint made of money to pay for tow etc...Got lucky an chopped the quick connect out an put a 5/8 T an hose clamps on it..I had my kids with me so that added to the stress..I cant imagine being 1500 mile away from home an dealing with it
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Im 40min east of Columbus OH,along I70...I have never done a timing chain cover gasket on these trucks(i see mine in my future though)..But i may be willing to lend a hand...Let me know,maybe we can get it worked out.I had a T type quick connect heater hose blow on my wife mini van..Only 40 min from home..I aint made of money to pay for tow etc...Got lucky an chopped the quick connect out an put a 5/8 T an hose clamps on it..I had my kids with me so that added to the stress..I cant imagine being 1500 mile away from home an dealing with it
Thanks a lot for the offer! If you were closer, I would definitely take you up on it. I'm still trying to decide what to do. I don't have much free time before the move, but I don't want to break down either.
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